As the world emerges from a pandemic and we attempt to renew some semblance of normality, we have to assess what we have achieved during the long periods of lockdown and isolation.
Within the health and wellness community, the pandemic has helped to focus on several areas that had been overlooked or not even discovered. Some of those are the most significant trends for health and wellness in 2022.
It has become a cliché to say that the coronavirus pandemic changed every aspect of our daily lives. But this all-encompassing influence is also the reason behind another change: never before has workplace wellness been such a hot topic for employers and HR professionals.
Traditionally, health and safety in the workplace have been associated with providing physical protection to workers. What this means specifically, depends on the individual organization and the industry it operates in.
One of the many lessons we can all learn from the pandemic is that it pays to stay healthy. It’s a sad truth that systemic health and social inequality has contributed to the risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19.
Wellness means we need to be proactive and responsible for our own behaviors. That’s not always easy because where and how we live can limit and affect our choices. Things that are out of control can sometimes make it tough to practice healthy habits.
Before the coronavirus pandemic struck, health and wellness in the workplace were already top of mind for many CEOs. As recently as 2017, an article published by ASAE identified a link between employee participation in wellness programs and the CEO’s own participation.
To develop meaningful coping strategies it is useful to understand what causes individuals to feel stressed and anxious. Sources of stress can vary greatly between different people. However, due to the unique disruptions caused by the pandemic, there are several common reasons.
As more people are receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations, our daily lives are opening up step by step. Rather than going ‘back to normal’ we now have an opportunity to redefine what we consider to be normal.
Effective vaccines will prevent many of us from getting physically sick or even losing our lives from COVID-19. But what about the effects on our mental health?